Steel Hammer of the Fleet


USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) is one of the Navy’s forward-deployed Arleigh-Burke Class destroyers. The 2016 Battle “E” Award winner, Destroyer Squadron 15, and the Bloodhound Award winner, Pacific Fleet, USS Curtis Wilbur is home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan. Despite an extremely dynamic schedule and operational commitment in the Pacific area of responsibility (AOR), her Sailors are always ready for sea and happy to be part of the “Steel Hammer of the Fleet” family!

Haze gray underway! Here’s to another wonderful day out to sea for the supply department.
Left to right front row: LSC Melvin Tanio, LS2 Jacob Szigethy, CS2 Rogelito Reyes, LS2 Michael Serrano, LS3 Carl Magsino, SH3 Garret Gray, LS2 Peter Garcia, Lt.j.g. Dong Logan, Lt. Mark Adjei, CS3 Michael Taylor, CS3 Keenan Harris, FC3 Antonio Washington, CS3 Julie Guico-Magsino, CS2 Tammen Birondo, CSSN Amanda Johnson, CSCS Charles Brown, CS1 Leon Brown.
Left to right back row: LS1 Brandon Healy, SHSN Christopher Rios, LSSA Juwaan Fuller, SH2 James Solomon, CS2 Wilson Hallford, LS2 Edwin Vargas, SH3 Alexander Willis, LS1 Andrew Kim, LS3 Alexander Mai, CS1 Thomas Luvisi, IC3 Dwight McDuff, CS3 Justin Sipos, CS3 David Rivera, BM3 Precious Aumua, LS2 Jaye Tucker, SH1 Herbert Martinez, CS1 Oliver Sicat.


Beginning in October 2015, Wilbur began a grueling underway schedule, clocking an impressive 371 days away from homeport. During that time, the supply department began an enormous overhaul of the ship’s store. SH1 Herbert Martinez led the charge, offering new products such as Japanese delicacies that were only available in the 7th Fleet AOR. Sailors immediately responded to the new products, and thanks to SH1’s innovative thinking, the ship store raised $71,000 for Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Lt. Janka Brock, a cryptologic warfare officer who has served on several forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) ships, remarked that it was “the best ship’s store I have ever seen!”

S3 is not the only supply division that is excelling on the Wilbur. Due to constantly being underway, ordering and receiving parts in FDNF can be a logistical nightmare. LS1 Brandon Healy and his team met that challenge head on, ensuring parts arrived at every port and every underway replenishment. In recognition of his efforts, Healy was selected as Wilbur’s Senior Sailor of the Year. He was also recently selected as a limited duty officer and will receive his commission in December 2017.

Everyone knows the way to a Sailor’s heart is through his or her stomach, something that S2 knows only too well. The watchful eyes of CS1 Oliver Sicat and CS1 Leon Brown, Wilbur’s kitchen produced some of the finest meals in the United States Navy. In addition to the typical menu, Wilbur introduced special meals like Mongolian barbecue, chicken wings with five to 10 different flavors, and steel beach picnics nearly every Sunday. In recognition of their hard work, Brown was selected as the Destroyer Squadron’s Senior Sailor of the Quarter. Sailors are greeted every day with Brown’s signature smile and hometown hospitality.

Wilbur recently passed its Supply Management Certification with flying colors. Scoring over 95 percent in all areas of general stores, food service, retail operations, and postal operations during the certification process, Wilbur’s supply department proved what every Sailor aboard already knew–they are fully capable and mission ready. The supply department’s success over the past year and a half has not been the work of one Sailor, but rather a total team effort with all Sailors working together toward one common goal.

As the Wilbur’s time in selected restricted availability comes to a close, the Sailors are diligently preparing to get back to sea, with supply department leading the charge. Here’s to another successful year in FDNF!

November/December 2017